Title: A Place for Zero
Author: Angeline Sparagna LoPresti
Themes: maths, adventure, identity
What’s it about?
This is a story about Zero. At the beginning of the story he wonders who he is and how he fits in as he feels he doesn’t have a purpose like other numbers. As his journey continues he discovers just how important the number 0 is in math – especially to make larger numbers.
I like the idea behind the story and at the beginning it is engaging. The illustrations are appealing to students up to about grade 3.
I wanted to love this book but it was far too long to hold the attention of younger children – even I struggled to maintain my attention. The main issue I have with the book is that it tries to cover too much in one book – place value, addition, multiplication, division…it’s information overload. While the illustrations are great for younger students, many older students may find the book childish.